Phone: 415.441.8446
2797 Union St.
San Francisco, CA

Meet Our Staff

Adolfo Liu, DC, ART, CKTP

Adolfo Liu, DC, magna cum laude graduate of Life Chiropractic College West, joined the Avanzaré family in April of 2007, and took ownership of the practice in April of 2008. Dr. Liu is fully certified in Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, is a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner, and has studied the methods of Dr. Craig Liebenson and Pr. Stuart McGill in the realm specific rehabilitative and corrective exercise. In addition to being the owner/chiropractor of Avanzaré, he is an Associate Team Physician at the University of San Francisco Sports Medicine Department where he treats their collegiate athletes on a weekly basis. Dr. Liu is also a co-founder of Bay Area Sports Chiros, a sports chiropractic cooperative that works with local running and triathlon groups as well as larger scale events such as the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, Wildflower Triathlon, and the San Francisco Marathon.

Certifications: Active Release Techniques (ART) Full Body Certified, ART Nerve Entrapment Course, ART Masters Course, Graston Technique, Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner, FMS, NKT 1.

Michael Lord, DC, CCSP

Michael Lord, DC, CCSP earned his doctorate degree in Chiropractic, cum laude, from the Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, CA, where he specialized in the treatment and rehabilitation of spine and sports-related injuries. Today, Dr. Lord utilizes a functional approach in patient assessment and treatment and then customizes care to the individual by integrating chiropractic, exercise rehabilitation, myofascial release, Graston Technique, and Kinesiology Taping. This approach involves not only educating his patients but also including them as partners in their care.

Dr. Lord, originally from Wisconsin, earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, he serves as the Medical Director for the Sea Otter Classic cycling event in Monterey, CA; is a team chiropractor for Oracle Racing Team USA; and is currently the Secretary for the American Chiropractic Associations Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness.

While in school, Dr. Lord was elected the National Student President of the American Chiropractic Association Council on Sports and Physical Fitness as well as the President of the Palmer College of Chiropractic Sports Council. In addition, he had the opportunity to speak internationally at the Brazilian Chiropractic Congress in Sao Paulo. In 2009 Dr. Lord was awarded for his dedication to the advancement of sports chiropractic by the American Chiropractic Association Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness.
Additional accomplishments include Dr. Lord’s completion of post graduate education from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner and certifications in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).

Barbara Michelson-Harder

Barbara Michelson-Harder has been with Avanzaré in the position of Office Manager since 2003. Previously she was a hotel executive for over twenty years in both operations and sales and is thrilled to now be involved in the health care industry. Her involvement with Avanzaré has led to her studies as a Nutrition Consultant student at Hawthorn University. Upon completion she is looking forward to working with clients to help further them reach their goals.

Her other love is the theatre. She and her husband, Richard Harder, have a very successful theatre company in San Francisco, Off Broadway West Theatre Company. Now in its sixth season, the company has been the recipients of many awards for outstanding productions.

David Brown, LMT

David Brown, LMT, is one of the resident massage therapists at Avanzaré. David is a graduate of the Swedish Institute in New York City and has been practicing massage therapy since 1997. He has studied Myofascial Release and Cranial Sacral Therapy with John F. Barnes, sports massage with Jim Hackett, and the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians System with Tom Myers. In addition, he practices medical massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, pre-natal Massage, and Thai Massage.

Over the past eight years, David has repeatedly returned to Thailand to study Thai Massage. His training includes study at Wat Pho in Bangkok, the International Thai Massage School (ITM) in Chiang Mai, The Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, as well as advanced therapeutic techniques with Master Teachers Ahjan Pichest Boonthamme in Han Dong and Ahjan Therdchai Chumphoopong in Chiang Mai. David leads courses in Thai Massage and organizes tours to Thailand to study with Ahjan Chumphoopong. In his practice, David uses his well developed intuition and the many techniques he has acquired to customize each massage session to the needs of his clients.

Sidney Silver, CMT, ART, CGMP, CGFI

Sidney Silver, CMT, originally from Houston, Texas he attended the University of Houston. Always interested in helping people Sidney moved to Las Vegas to start a new career and graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy (Las Vegas campus) specializing in sports injury therapy and progressive treatments.

He completed his sports therapy education at the University of Las Vegas in advanced anatomy training, cadaver dissection and sports injury therapeutics with a UNLV partnered program. In addition, he furthered his sports orthopedic and joint replacement science education in programs at UCSF (University of California San Francisco) Hospital and is full body certified in Active Release Techniques and American Red Cross Certified in First Aid, CPR and Cardiac Defibrillator.

Since 1998, Sidney has practiced in San Francisco with many outstanding sports health leaders in the field working with Sports Medicine doctors, M.D.s, Chiropractors, Orthopedic Surgeons, Physical Therapists, fitness trainers, nutritionists and many other highly respected sports related professionals.

Today he finds it very important to spend time mentoring new therapists into the field and provides free sports injury seminars to non-profit organizations upon request.

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